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Bob Dudley

Bob Dudley,  group chief executive

Group chief executive


Appointed to the board 6 April 2009


Outside interests:

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Non-executive director of Rosneft

Member of the Tsinghua Management University Advisory Board, Beijing, China

Member of the BritishAmerican Business International Advisory Board

Member of the US Business Council

Member of the US Business Roundtable

Member of the UAE/UK CEO Forum

Member of the Emirates Foundation Board of Trustees

Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) International Business Council

Chair of the WEF Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

Chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)






American and British


Bob Dudley became group chief executive on 1 October 2010.


Bob joined Amoco Corporation in 1979, working in a variety of engineering and commercial posts. Between 1994 and 1997 he worked on corporate development in Russia. In 1997 he became general manager for strategy for Amoco and in 1999, following the merger between BP and Amoco, was appointed to a similar role in BP.


Between 1999 and 2000 he was executive assistant to the group chief executive, subsequently becoming group vice president for BP’s renewables and alternative energy activities. In 2002 he became group vice president responsible for BP’s upstream businesses in Russia, the Caspian region, Angola, Algeria and Egypt.


From 2003 to 2008 he was president and chief executive officer of TNK-BP. On his return to BP in 2009, he was appointed to the BP board and oversaw the group’s activities in the Americas and Asia. Between 23 June and 30 September 2010, he served as the president and chief executive officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization in the US. He was appointed a director of Rosneft in March 2013 following BP’s acquisition of a stake in Rosneft. Since 2016, he has chaired the Oil and Gas Community of the World Economic Forum and is chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI).

Relevant skills and experience


Bob Dudley has spent his whole career in the oil and gas industry. As group chief executive, Bob has transformed BP into a safer, stronger and simpler business. This approach, governed by a consistent set of values, has guided BP to a position of greater resilience, enabling it to continue delivering results in an uncertain economic environment. Bob has demonstrated excellent leadership and vision throughout. Bob continues to lead the development of the group’s strategy, as we adapt to the challenges of the transition to a lower carbon economy. Under Bob’s leadership, BP successfully delivered seven major projects in 2017.


Bob Dudley’s performance has been considered and evaluated by the chairman’s committee.

Read Bob Dudley's recent speeches

  • 14 February 2019 Energy Outlook 2019
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, Energy Outlook 2019 launch, London
  • 18 October 2018 Business for good - Advancing the energy transition
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, One Young World, The Hague, 18 October 2018: Addressing delegates at the One Young World summit, Bob Dudley discusses the steps needed to provide the energy “that will meet the needs of the world environmentally and economically and in the process transform the lives of billions of people and keep the world advancing.”
  • 10 October 2018 2018 Petroleum Executive of the Year keynote speech
    Bob Dudley, group chief executive, Oil & Money conference, London, 10 October 2018: Bob Dudley sets out the case for continued investment in oil and gas as part of the disruptive change required to meet dual challenge of more energy demand with fewer carbon emissions. “So long as we choose the path of collaboration and innovation over the path of division and exclusion, both our industry and the world have a great future ahead.”